Barbering Schools in Illinois

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700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 207-8599
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

609 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

(630) 345-8665
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Teacher Training

657 Highgrove Place
Rockford, IL 61108

(815) 605-6088
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Teacher Training

142 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(815) 572-4797
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2828 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657

(517) 381‐ 6472
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

(708) 233-9933
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

6458 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

(888) 616-9051
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Teacher Training

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 247-8100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

5321 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

(773) 467-1900
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

5485 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

(888) 616-9051
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

Find Cosmetology Schools Near You

ABC School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology – Accredited

9213 South Illinois Route 31
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

Bloomington Normal Barber College

1116 East Lafayette 12
Bloomington, IL 61701

Capelli Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

4518 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639

Capelli Salon Academy – Accredited

329 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Champions Beauty-Barber University – Accredited

4374 East New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman

1145 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X

1900 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60612

Dudley Beauty College - Chicago – Accredited

8501 South Green Street 11
Chicago, IL 60620

Erskine Reeves Barber Academy – Accredited

552 North Mannheim Road Suite A
Hillside, IL 60162

First Cut Barber College

1306 Broadway
Rockford, IL 61104

Hairmasters Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

506 South McClun Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

His & Hers Barber School

5355 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60644

Im Beauty School - Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Esthetics

630 Milwaukee Avenue Suite 200
Glenview, IL 60025

Innovations Design Academy – Accredited

214 East Washington Street
MaComb, IL 61455

Larry's Barber College - Halsted Street – Accredited

10456 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628

Larry's Barber College - 79th Street – Accredited

701 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60619

Larry's Barber College - Chicago

2700 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

Larry's Barber College - Joliet – Accredited

929 West Jefferson
Joliet, IL 60435

Larry's Barber College - Rockford

6501 B North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61111

Legacy Barber College - Chicago

1546 West Howard Street
Chicago, IL 60626

Lock & Loaded

2459 West Augusta Unit CH
Chicago, IL 60622

Lockhart's Barber College

1624 South Taylorville Road
Decatur, IL 62521

Marvelous Beauty & Barber School

976 South Waukegan Road
Waukegan, IL 60087

McCoy Barber College

1901 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60649

Midwest Barber Academy

465 West Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Midwest Barber College – Accredited

9 East University Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Networks Barber College - Calumet City – Accredited

508 Burnham Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Networks Barber College - Chicago – Accredited

325 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60628

New Style Hair Academy – Accredited

3161 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265

Official Cuts Academy

11516 South Pulaski Road
Alsip, IL 60803

Pat's Barber Shop/School

2846 Chicago Road
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Paul Mitchell The School Chicago – Accredited

1225 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Paul Mitchell The School Lombard – Accredited

106 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Paul Mitchell The School Tinley Park – Accredited

18454 West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phipps Academy of Barbering – Accredited

266 North Kinzie Avenue
Bradley, IL 60915

Phipps Academy of Barbering - Richton Park – Accredited

3723 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL 60471

Pivot Point Academy – Accredited

144 East Lake Street Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Royal School of Cosmetology – Accredited

401 West National Avenue Suite C
Effingham, IL 62401

Sandra Rossi Education Center – Accredited

264 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The Barber Academy - Schaumburg

1815 West Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts – Accredited

2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

Your School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653
Accredited School

You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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Cost of Barbering School Across IL

Metro Average Tuition
Rockford $21,954
Chicago $20,509
Peoria / Bloomington $15,100
Champaign / Springfield / Decatur $12,850

Comparing Program Costs in IL

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $13,450 - $24,000
Lowest range: $2,900 - $13,450
Average: $18,918
Barbering School Costs
Highest range: $18,425 - $24,000
Lowest range: $12,850 - $18,425
Average: $19,607

How to Become a Barber in Illinois

Illinois Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Illinois is $44,490.
  • There is a predicted 8% job increase between 2021–2031 for barbers nationally.

To become a barber in Illinois, you must complete 1,500 training hours at an Illinois barber school, meet the age requirements, pass two exams, and pay several fees.

Your first step is enrolling in an Illinois barber program. These programs typically last between nine months and two years and encompass theoretical classroom knowledge and extensive hands-on training. Classes cover cutting, styling, and straight razor or old-fashioned shaving.

After completing your Illinois barber program, you must pass the state barber exam. This written and practical test evaluates your skills to help make sure you're ready to practice. After passing the state's barber exam, you should be ready to apply for your barber license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). We spotlight some licensing requirements below:

Let's dig deeper into what you need to know to begin your barber career in Illinois.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Illinois

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

An Illinois barber program comprises 1,500 hours of training at an Illinois barber school. Illinois barber programs challenge you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for state licensure. These programs traditionally utilize a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on learning opportunities covering topics spanning from barbering techniques to customer service. We break down what you can expect in your barber program below.

  • Classroom Instruction: Students at Illinois barber programs can anticipate topics including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, safety, sanitation, and the state's barbering laws and regulations. Additionally, as maintaining a network of clients is vital, students hone communication, consultation, and customer service skills.
  • Hands-On Training: Illinois barber programs offer extensive hands-on training to establish foundational barbering skills. Students can expect to learn techniques for hair cutting with scissors and trimmers, facial hair trimming, and styling. Additionally, future barbers will become comfortable with equipment like clippers, shears, and razors.
  • Practical Application: Illinois students can practice and develop skills under the watchful eye of licensed, experienced instructors. Students work with mannequins and actual clients.
  • Licensing: Because the goal of a barber program is Illinois state licensure, these programs are designed to prepare students for the written and practical portions of the exam. Graduates of these programs are typically ready to take their exams and begin their careers.

While the time it takes to complete a barber program in Illinois can vary, you can anticipate graduating in nine months to two years. Full-time students graduate more quickly, and it takes part-time learners longer to complete program requirements.

When searching for the best Illinois barber program for you, seek out programs approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). These barber schools offer a state-approved curriculum with experienced instructors, quality facilities, and ample supplies for hands-on training.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Illinois?

No, Illinois doesn't offer an apprenticeship pathway for you to become a licensed barber.

Illinois Barber Licensing Requirements

To get your Illinois barber license, you need to finish an Illinois barber program, pass two exams, and pay licensing and testing fees.

  • Exam Overview: After completing Illinois's required education and training, future barbers must pass a written and practical exam crafted by the IDFPR. These two exams test your knowledge and skills in areas like hair cutting, shaving, safety, and sanitation. The written exam is multiple choice, while the practical portion requires the test-taker to demonstrate skills with a licensed professional. You must take the test within 60 days after the approval of your application. You have 90 minutes to complete the exam and will be notified of your scores within two weeks.
  • Written Exam: The written exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions. Anticipate topics like anatomy, safety and sanitation procedures, chemical hair treatments, haircutting techniques, and Illinois laws and regulations related to barbering.
  • Practical Exam: This hands-on exam allows licensing professionals to review your skills in performing various services. Tasks include hair cutting with scissors and clippers, shaving and beard trimming, styling and finishing, professionalism, and client communication and consultation.
  • License Application: You can apply for barber licensure after passing your exams. You must include proof of education and training, exam scores, identification, and a $30 fee when applying.

Illinois Barber License Reciprocity

Licensed barbers outside of Illinois can apply to have their licenses transferred to Illinois through reciprocity. In short, reciprocity agreements allow licensed barbers to practice their trade in Illinois without additional training or examinations.

States with Illinois barber reciprocity are:

  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin

If you're seeking reciprocity in Illinois, you need to meet the requirements below:

  • Hold an active barber license in a participating state.
  • Licensure must be at least three years old.
  • Have no investigations or disciplinary actions against your license.
  • Be current with any continuing education requirements in your home state.

If you're considering a move to Illinois, be sure to recognize that not all states have reciprocity agreements with Illinois. Additionally, be mindful that reciprocity requirements can vary dramatically between states. Some of the application requirements for those seeking reciprocity include:

  • An official application
  • Proof of licensure, hours, and tests from your current state
  • Barber school transcripts
  • Verification of employment showing at least three years of lawful practice
  • $45 fee

Barber Specialties in Illinois

Illinois offers dual licenses between barbering and barber teaching, cosmetology, esthetics, and management.

  • Barber Teacher: This licensed trade allows experienced barbers to share their knowledge and teach at certified barber schools in Illinois. You must complete a teacher training program and pass a written examination.
  • Barber Cosmetologist: This allows licensed barbers to expand their services. To secure licensure, barbers must complete an IDFPR-approved cosmetology program.
  • Barber Esthetician: A barber esthetician specialty lets barbers offer skincare services. To supplement a barber license with esthetician certification, you must complete an approved esthetician program and pass all required exams.
  • Barber Manager: This specialization allows barbers to manage an Illinois-based salon or barber shop. This position requires additional licensure, and you must complete an IDFPR-approved training program.

If you are interested in tackling a barber specialization, additional education, training, and certification are typically required. As a result, the license and renewal processes can vary.

Barber License Renewal in Illinois

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

In Illinois, barbers, barber instructors, and barber school licenses must be renewed biannually before July 31. You must submit your renewal application and the accompanying $25 within the month before its expiration every two years.

Barbers in Illinois are not required to complete continuing education hours to renew their licenses. But being a lifelong learner can keep you on top of your game.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Illinois


Average yearly salary for barbering in Illinois

Illinois doesn't publish its average barber salarly. But the average annual cosmetologists in Illinois is $44,490 ($21.39 per hour).

Illinois does not publish its anticipated barber growth. But, nationwide, the anumber of barber positions is expected to grow by 8% between 2021 and 2031.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Barbering

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

Resources for Barbers in Illinois

American Barber Association
One of the largest professional organizations for American barbers, this site contains useful, Illinois-specific information regarding licensure, reciprocity, and renewal processes.

Illinois Barber Association
Part of the American Barber Association, this Illinois group offers practical licensing information and Illinois-specific news.

Chicago Barbers Association
This online hub is a solid resource for those wanting to connect and network with Chicago-based barbers.


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